WPPI 2011 list of events

WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) is upon us again. 2011 will be my 7th WPPI and its an event I always look forward to. For everyone going to WPPI I thought I would put together a little list of the top parties/speakers/events to go to. It’s always a whirlwind so much to do and never enough time. There are always too many great programs to catch, events to go to and old friends to catch up with. This year I am only going to be in town for a few very quick days so am trying to maximize the time. Here are some of the highlights that everyone should look out for. If anyone that wants to get together for coffee or a quick bite one day send me a tweet (@digitalphotobuz)

Here is my list of must see things at WPPI 2010 (there are many other speakers that might fit your needs better, check out the WPPI site for a full class list)


Sal Cincotta (Creating Wedding Packages that Sell) – 12:00-2:00. Pricing is one thing that many people struggle with and this presentation should be a great inspiration for those of you who struggle with pricing.

Julieanne Kost (Harnessing the Power of Lightroom 3 Develop Module) – 12:00-2:00. If you need help on the tech side of things Julieanne is one of the best Lightroom and Photoshop teachers out there. She always explains things in a very easy to understand way and no matter what your level is I am sure you will come away from this with some great tips and knowledge. She has a few presentations during WPPI so make sure to catch one.

Bob & Dawn Davis (Staying True to Yourself, Creating your Signature Brand) – 3:30 – 5:30. This is one couple that I have never heard speak but always hear great things about them. will share how they went from selling photography to providing an experience through the creation of their signature brand. They will share how to: be true to yourself and your style; sign your work with excellence; develop your brand; and be consistent with all of your marketing materials and messaging.

Runway Show – There is always an opening night reception and this year its a runway show at the grand garden arena from 7:00-10:00 at the Garden Grand Arena. End the first day with a nice little party and meet some new photographers.


Ken Sklute (Seeing into the Future with Ken Sklute) – 8:00-10:00. I have always been a believer in introducing new items for your clients and the blend of photo and video over the last few year is something that I think many more brides are going to be requesting. Are you ready to produce and add cutting-edge multimedia coverage to your wedding and portrait clients? Ken Sklute, Canon Explorer of Light, will show you how to be on top of the newest technologies with your DSLR

Kevin Jairaj & JVS (New and Creative Lighting Techniques with KJ and JVS) – 3:00-5:00 . You all know that I love creative lighting and this presentation should be a great one. KJ and JVS will present fresh and innovative ways to breathe dramatic lighting into your images. Whether using speed lights, video lights, canned light or strobes, stand out from your competition while learning from two of the industry’s best.

Sue Bryce (Moving Portait) – 6:00-8:00. Another class on the merging of still and video work. Moving Portrait is the cinema experience created by Sue Bryce for her portrait clients. She creates a fusion of video together with her fashion-inspired shooting style using the Canon HDSLR. Learn how to use the moving image in your business for stand-out advertising and to increase sales.

Marti Gras Party – End the night with the WPPI marti gras party. 8-10 at the Grand Garden Arena.


Jerry Ghionis (Creative Karma) – 8:00-10:00. Tuesday morning there are just too many good classes to choose from. Jerry is awesome, I love his work and his passion for photography. I have heard him talk before so won’t be at this one but if you haven’t heard of Jerry before this is a must see presentation.

Julieanne Kost (Stylized Effects with Photoshop CS5) 8:00-10:00. Another class from Julieanne Kost on how to add stylized touches to enhance your photography work. Be prepared to learn a ton of stuff on photoshop.

Damon Tucci (Light it up) 3:00-5:00 – Can never learn enough about lighting. I actually haven’t met this person before and don’t know much about him so proceed at your own risk on this one 🙂

Mike Fulton & Cody Clinton (Wireless Flash Tips and Tricks) – 6:30-8:30. Learn to see and capture the light visually and by wireless flash and video lighting techniques that will assist you in creating light and more importantly shadows in any situation.


Lisa Lefkowitz (Lifestyle Wedding Photography) – 8:00-10:00. Lisa will share her approach to creating beautiful lifestyle images and describe how working with film has inspired and differentiated her Fine Art brand. She will also discuss how having her work published has been a powerful tool in establishing her boutique studio.

Lori Nordstrom (The Profitable Portrait Studio) – 2:30-4:30. Numbers might sound boring but you need to understand them in order to stay in business. Lori shares a business model that will take your studio into the black. Hear strategies for success that you can immediately incorporate into your business.

WPPI Awards Night – 6:00-9:00. Be inspired by the award winners from the WPPI print comp. Always a really good competition and some amazing images entered.

If there is anything I missed that you think is a must have, add your comments below. Also for those that can’t make it to WPPI i’ll have some good notes and coverage to share over the next few weeks so keep checking back.

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Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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